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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

How many more? 

19, and that’s a fact.  Just ask Dave Waddell.

Me, last night:  “So…the Wings are opening next season in Stockholm.”  The wife:  “Ok.  And?”

This is going to be a long, gradual, deliberate and very strategically fought battle my friends. 

We’re going to be moving quickly this morning. Topic to topic.  Remain focused.

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Scapegoating Kovalev

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Montreal Canadiens are slumping.  They have a 3-12 record in their last 15 games (one loss is counted as a regulation tie).  Something drastic has to be done to turn the tide and end this slide.  A traditional way to shake things up is to fire the coach.  It doesn’t matter if the coach is truly at fault, it is a shock to the team’s system and players often have to fight to maintain or win playing time.  This often turns things around (at least on a temporary basis).

There is another option that was clearly demonstrated by the Dallas Stars earlier this year.  Effectively you can fire a high profile player.  The Stars were slumping.  They were last place in the West Conference and they parted ways with Sean Avery in a high profile manner.  Although the improvement was much more complex than being driven only by Avery’s departure, if the season ended right now Dallas would make the playoffs.

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More News Coming Out Of Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

The Canadiens took one of a possible 12 points on their road trip.

They are clinging to a playoff spot, and the future of their most talented player is uncertain.

Things couldn’t possibly get worse, right?


La Presse columnist Richard Labbé is on 110% (TV show) promising a blockbuster story in Friday’s edition of the paper.

It pertains to the suggestion, by former coach Jean Perron, that some younger Canadiens have been enjoying too much of Montreal’s celebrated nightlife.

Boys will be boys, right? This is a great party town.

Labbé says this is more than a few beers, a few shots and some late-night skirt-chasing. He’s hinting at behaviour that brings criminal charges.

continued & the site is getting hit hard, so it may be slow to open…

added 2/20/09 at 8:55am, Read the La Press (translated) story.

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Don’t Expect Big Names To Be Moved By Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The upcoming NHL tradeline of March 4 won’t be about Vinny Lecavalier or Ilya Kovalchuk or Alex Kovalev.

It’s going to be Mark Recchi’s day, and Niclas Havelid’s day and Ian Laperriere’s day. It’s the only day of the NHL season when aging veterans, steady defensemen and gritty third-liners become stars of the show.

My expectation is that there will be plenty of action on trade day, but I believe that the majority of players will be dealt for second-, third- and fourth-round picks.


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At This Point, The Top Goals Of the Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The top goals of the year through yesterday.

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Rangers Can’t Afford To Do Much At The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

With the NHL trade deadline two weeks away, Western Conference teams are scoping out the Rangers—and vice versa.

But pressed up against the salary cap, the Rangers can probably only tweak their roster, possibly adding the Stars’ Sean Avery if the former Broadway pest is not grabbed on recall waivers on a team below them in the standings. They also could sign a low-rent defenseman, especially with Paul Mara’s injured shoulder expected to keep him out or performing well under 100 percent until past the deadline….

Among the defensemen who might fit and reportedly are available: Kyle McLaren (San Jose), David Hale and Derek Morris (Phoenix), Sean O’ Donnell (Los Angeles), Adrian Aucoin (Calgary), Daryl Sydor (Dallas), Ville Koistinen and Greg Zanon (Nashville) and Jordan Leopold (Colorado). In the East, there’s Niklas Havelid (Atlanta) and Ryan Whitney and Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh).

read on for more on the Rangers…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I hope I don’t see him fight again.  You don’t want those hands fighting.”

-Ken Holland talking about the fight Marian Hossa had last night.  Check out a story from Craig Custance of the Sporting News for more from Holland regarding Hossa and playing in Sweden next season.

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Teams That May Have An Interest In Khabibulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Daily Herald,

Maybe this latest injury has the Hawks thinking hard again about trading Khabibulin before the deadline and going with Cristobal Huet, especially with Khabibulin set to walk in July as a free agent.

While the Hawks are better with Khabibulin in net, what good is he if he’s not on the ice?

Who needs a goalie? Philadelphia, for one. The Flyers are talking with Atlanta about Kari Lehtonen, but wouldn’t they rather have the playoff-tested Khabibulin?

Washington is looking for a goalie. So is Detroit, but the Hawks couldn’t do that. Could they?

Does Anaheim need a goalie? Just asking. The Ducks need some jolt.

Are the Canadiens happy with Carey Price?

I am really not sure where some of these “Detroit needs a goalie” rumors are coming from.  Sort of makes you wonder how ‘connected’ writers are.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

HDIC Comes To Campbellton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Adams of CBC Sports,

A bone-chilling wind was whipping up the snow as Marjorie Nicolle stood on an old railway bridge spanning the Upsalquitch River.

Only minutes earlier, Nicolle was in her kitchen in the settlement of Upsalquitch when word spread that Ron MacLean was just down the road.

Nicolle tapped her husband Albert on the shoulder and off they went to watch MacLean film parts of his opening segment for Tim Horton’s Hockey Day in Canada broadcast on Saturday.

Nicolle and a handful of friends that live along the road that hugs the Upsalquitch River didn’t flinch when the wind turned a pleasant day into a reminder that winter is far from over in northern New Brunswick.


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Pushing Wellwood

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canucks Nation at the Vancouver Province,

Alain Vigneault told the rest of the world how he felt about Kyle Wellwood after Tuesday’s game.

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he let Wellwood in on this Thursday morning at practice — he’s not happy.

“I’m not here to be liked. I’m here to get the most out of him,and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Vigneault said. “As a coach you have to push the right buttons. Some guys need to be pushed a little harder, some guys need to be handled differently. Kyle needs to be pushed and that’s what I’m doing.”


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